Movie Analysis of Jaws Essay

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Movie Analysis of Jaws

Martin Brody is the new police chief trying to rid Amity Island of a savage shark terrorising the islanders and tourists alike in the 1976 thriller, Jaws. Jaws was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. Amity Island relies almost fully on the income gained by tourists visiting the island in the summer vacation. It is up to Martin Brody to protect the beach goers by finding the shark and killing it. This brings up issues of fighting fears as well as fighting the constant battle between humans and nature. It is set around July 4th because this would be the height of the tourist season for the island and the threat of the shark
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However it also shows tension as during the silence the audience do not know if another attack is going to happen.

The second attack is on a small boy in the sea at a crowded beach on Amity Island. It starts with the young boy asking his mother if he can go back into the sea. We then see Brody sat on the beach watching out for sharks. The camera does a long shot of Brody’s point of view, which we see a woman screaming. This makes us think that the girl is being attacked when she is not, this builds up tension because it hasn’t happened yet and we know it will do we just don’t no when. Using the wide angle shot of the shows us how big the sea is and how vulnerable people are in it. It then shows a boy running back into the water using mid range shot with the boy on the lilo n the background and the children in the fore ground. This makes us uneasy because there is a lot of splashing which means if the shark was to be there it would be camouflaged and also the splashing attracts sharks. Next, there is a close up shot of a small child singing, seeing the small child singing is calming which lulls us into a false sense of security, making the imminent attack scarier as you do not expect it. A view from under the water is then given from the shark’s point of view showing legs. This gives us the signal that something

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